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One of the key American independent films of the 1990s, Richard Linklater's feature debut is an audacious look at the twentysomething culture in the college town of Austin, Texas. Set over the course of a 24-hour period, the film is a collection of short, unconnected glimpses into the dropout subculture, touching base with a variety of musicians, students, street people and general eccentrics. While there's no real plot to speak of, Linklater's eye for nuance and gift for dialogue are superb, and the portrait he paints is so uncannily accurate that the term "slacker" was almost immediately co-opted as a media buzzword, one interchangeable with the similarly-overused "Generation X." Regardless, the film is an evocative reflection of a community and its culture and remains a definitive artifact of its time and place. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:July 5, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Linklater Best First Feature 1991 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Richard Linklater Best Director 1991 Nominee

Cast

Richard Linklater
as Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station
Mark James
as Hit-and-run Son
Stella Weir
as Stephanie from Dallas
John Slate
as "Conspiracy A-Go-Go" Author
Louis Mackey
as Old Anarchist
Steve Anderson
Jean Caggeine
Janelle Coolich
Nick Maffei
Scott Rhodes
Kalman Spellitich
Kevin Thompson
Scott Van Horn
Rudy Basquez
as Taxi Driver
Jan Hockey
as Jogger
Stephan Hockey
as Running Late
Samuel Dietert
as Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Bob Boyd
as Officer Bozzio
Terrence Kirk
as Officer Love
Keith McCormack
as Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies
as Walking to Coffee Shop
Dan Kratochvil
as Espresso Czar/Masonic Malcontent
Maris Strautmanis
as Giant Cappuccino
Brecht Andersch
as Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Tom Pallotta
as Looking for Missing Friend
Jerry Deloney
as Been on the Moon Since the 50's
John Spath
as Co-op Guy
Ron Marks
as Bush Basher
Brian Crockett
as Sadistic Comb Game Player
Teresa Taylor
as Papsmear Pusher
Debbie Pastor
as Wants to Leave Country
Gina Lalli
as Sidewalk Psychic
Sharon Roos
as Devoted Follower
Frank Orrall
as Happy-Go-Lucky Guy
Abra Moore
as Has Change
Lori Capp
as Traumatized Yacht Owner
Gus Vayas
as Cranky Cook
Louis Black
as Paranoid Paper Reader
Don Stroud
as Recluse in Bathrobe
Aleister Barron
as Peeping Kid
Albans Benchoff
as Coke Machine Robber
Nigel Benchoff
as Budding Capitalist Youth
Kevin Whitley
as Jilted Boyfriend
Robert Pierson
as Based on Authoritative Sources
Sarah Harmon
as Has Faith in Groups
Lee Daniel
as GTO
Charles Gunning
as Hitchhiker Awaiting "True Call"
Tamsy Ringler
as Video Interviewer
Luke Savisky
as Video Cameraman
Meg Brennan
as Sitting at Cafe
Phillip Hostak
as Hit Up for Cigarettes
Shelly Kristaponis
as Shoplifter
Kathy McCarty
as Anarchist's Daughter
Mimi Vitetta
as Teacup Sculpter
Susannah Simone
as Working on Same Painting
Bruce Hughes
as Card Playing Waiter
Keith Fletcher
as Cafe Card Player #1
Eric Buehlman
as Cafe Card Player #2
Mark Quirk
as Papa Smurf
Kim Krizan
as Questions Happiness
Annick Souhami
as Has Conquered Fear of Rejection
Regina Garza
as Smoking Writer
Stephen Jacobson
as S-T-E-V-E with a Van
Eric Lord
as Doorman at Club
Kelly Linn
as Bike Rider with Nice Shoes
Nolan Morrison
as To Be Buried By History
Kyle Rosenblad
as Going to Catch a Show
Lucinda Scott
as Dairy Queen Photographer
Marianne Hyatt
as Late Night Pick-up
Gary Price
as Watching Early Morning TV
Jennifer Carroll
as All-Night Partier
Charlotte Norris
as Convertible Driver
Patrice Sullivan
as Day Tripper
Greg Ward
as Tosses Camera Off Cliff
Robert Jacks
as Club Owner [uncredited]
Phillip Hostak
as Hit Up for Cigarettes
Charlotte Norris
as Convertible Driver
Lori Capp
as Traumatized Yacht Owner
Robert Jacks
as Club Owner [uncredited]
Louis Black
as Paranoid Paper Reader
Eric Buehlman
as Cafe Card Player #2
Susannah Simone
as Working on Same Painting
Dan Kratochvil
as Espresso Czar/Masonic Malcontent
Jerry Deloney
as Been on the Moon Since the 50's
Brecht Andersch
as Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Tom Pallotta
as Looking for Missing Friend
Tamsy Ringler
as Video Interviewer
Robert Pierson
as Based on Authoritative Sources
Lucinda Scott
as Dairy Queen Photographer
Mimi Vitetta
as Teacup Sculpter
Regina Garza
as Smoking Writer
Shelly Kristaponis
as Shoplifter
Sarah Harmon
as Has Faith in Groups
Bruce Hughes
as Card Playing Waiter
Kathy McCarty
as Anarchist's Daughter
Bob Boyd
as Officer Bozzio
Nigel Benchoff
as Budding Capitalist Youth
Keith McCormack
as Street Musician
Jennifer Carroll
as All-Night Partier
Stephen Jacobson
as S-T-E-V-E with a Van
Marianne Hyatt
as Late Night Pick-up
Kelly Linn
as Bike Rider with Nice Shoes
Sharon Roos
as Devoted Follower
Debbie Pastor
as Wants to Leave Country
Abra Moore
as Has Change
Jennifer Schaudies
as Walking to Coffee Shop
Meg Brennan
as Sitting at Cafe
John Spath
as Co-op Guy
Keith Fletcher
as Cafe Card Player #1
Lee Daniel
as GTO
Don Stroud
as Recluse in Bathrobe
Charles Gunning
as Hitchhiker Awaiting "True Call"
Ron Marks
as Bush Basher
Frank Orrall
as Happy-Go-Lucky Guy
Gary Price
as Watching Early Morning TV
Kevin Whitley
as Jilted Boyfriend
Stephan Hockey
as Running Late
Brian Crockett
as Sadistic Comb Game Player
Annick Souhami
as Has Conquered Fear of Rejection
Maris Strautmanis
as Giant Cappuccino
Gina Lalli
as Sidewalk Psychic
Greg Ward
as Tosses Camera Off Cliff
Kim Krizan
as Questions Happiness
Nolan Morrison
as To Be Buried By History
Teresa Taylor
as Papsmear Pusher
Samuel Dietert
as Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Patrice Sullivan
as Day Tripper
Eric Lord
as Doorman at Club
Jan Hockey
as Jogger
Aleister Barron
as Peeping Kid
Luke Savisky
as Video Cameraman
Kyle Rosenblad
as Going to Catch a Show
Mark Quirk
as Papa Smurf
Gus Vayas
as Cranky Cook
Rudy Basquez
as Taxi Driver
Albans Benchoff
as Coke Machine Robber
Terrence Kirk
as Officer Love

Crew

Richard Linklater
Director
Richard Linklater
Producer
Richard Linklater
Screenwriter
Lee Daniel
Cinematographer
Scott Rhodes
Editor
Deborah Pastor
Production Designer
Debbie Pastor
Art Director
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